豊平区民TOYOHIRAKUMIN – MUSIC IN THE AIR

Recommendation: ✂ (“PLAZA,” “MIDNIGHT TALKING,” “NAKANO BOTANICAL GARDENS,” “TOMORROW, TOYOHIRA”) MUSIC IN THE AIR doesn’t know what kind of album it wants to be. On one hand, there are future funk bangers like the four-on-the-floor “MIDNIGHT TALKING;” on the other, there are comfort food classic-style vaporwave jamz such as “RENAISSANCE HOTEL.” There’s even mallsoft, brought to you by “VERTIGO.” The […]

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3D BLAST 爆風 – Pioneer

Recommendation: ✂ (see article for recommendations) Take note, future funk producers: Pioneer may have some problems, but it’s also a great example of the subgenre done right. Way too many artists simply equalize old funk songs, slather on some house beats, and call it their own;1 but 3D BLAST 爆風2 throws in some killer effects and phasing to make tracks […]

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Cobalt Road – Venetian Blinds [EP]

Recommendation: ✂ (“Venetian Blinds”) Venetian Blinds is a five-track extended-play of scintillating electronic music by Cobalt Road, a producer from the armpit of Florida, also known as Tallahassee.1 This is a downtempo future funk album – one that’s beat-driven, but without the FM-radio-on-adderall vibe of Saint Pepsi and similar artists. It’s a thoroughly unironic outlook on adult contemporary, eliciting nostalgia […]

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Psychic LCD – Nexxware [EP]

Recommendation: ✂ (“Ident Dream,” “Doorway”) [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 10 April 2016.] Nexxware is a short, sweet extended-play of hypnagogic vaporwave. Released on the now-defunct Fortune 500 label,1 Psychic LCD’s only extant release2 is a fifteen-minute exploration of ambient loops and vague washes of sound through the imagery of “futurevisions,” which describes a largely niche (even […]

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Rez x Oscob – Virtual High Rise™

Recommendation: ✂ (“Security Deposit,” “SOARING SKY ADVENTURE 95′,” “Vorex”) [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 21 February 2016.] Virtual High Rise™ is the second album in a trilogy produced by vaporwave duo Rez x Oscob. Packaged with an attractive, digitally-rendered photo of an elegant skyscraper, Virtual High Rise™ is a concept album about one’s visit to a futuristic enterprise as dreamed […]

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